Well, we've heard the rumors and the retail leaks, and now it's official: there's a 40GB Playstation 3 coming on October 10th. It's only official for Europe as of now, with a €399 pricetag, but it's pretty safe to assume we'll be getting the same thing soon enough. The catch? No memory card reader, only two USB ports, and no PS2 backward compatibility. Is this the pricepoint Sony needed to hit to finally make the PS3 affordable? Will you be making the plunge now despite the lack of backwards compatibility? Between this and some good games finally coming out, the PS3 might just start moving some units, although losing backwards compatibility is a serious kick in the pants. [Sony via Kotaku]
I'm so glad I got the 60GB model while it lasted!! Not only do I have backwards-compatibility, but it's hardware based instead of software emulated.
Even then, the main reason I got a PS3 instead of an XBOX 360 is due to the defect rate of the XBOX 360.
Didn't Kotaku say there was an estimate as high as 30%-50%?? That's just insane. Conversely, the PS3 is reportedly nigh-indestructible.
Back on topic about the 40GB PS3, backwards compatibility is nice to have, but not completely necessary. After all, I still have other game systems connected to my TV, it wouldn't have killed me to keep my PS2 connected along with the PS3.